Ally McCoist hopeful off-field issues will vanish

Rangers manager Ally McCoist. Picture: PA
Rangers manager Ally McCoist. Picture: PA
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ALLY McCoist hopes that an end is in sight to the off-the-field acrimony that has gripped Rangers for the past year-and-a-half, but has accepted that there is little he can do to affect the boardroom politics.

The Ibrox manager is optimistic that the club’s annual general meeting, to be held at the end of next month, will produce an outbreak of peace, but said that whatever happened he could not allow himself to become distracted from preparing the team.

“I would be very, very hopeful come the agm that we get a clean bill of health, we get a tick, and everybody can move forward,” McCoist said yesterday. “I think that’s the dream and hope of every supporter and indeed every member of staff and shareholder.

“I certainly haven’t become immune to it [the off-field disputes], but I’m becoming more appreciative there’s not a lot I can do about it. My job is hopefully to get a winning team on the park and that’s what I’ll continue to do. It’s no use my worrying about things I can’t affect. I’m just hopeful that after the agm, which I think is on 29 October, we’ll get a line under it and we can all move on.

“I appreciate that the most important thing is the playing side. That’s what the fans, generally speaking, are far more interested in. Obviously, the other issues, the fans will have their own questions, but it’s my remit to give the fans something to smile about on the park.”

A statement issued on Friday by chief executive Craig Mather showed that there is still serious disagreement between the current board and some of their critics, although with a month-and-a-half still to go before the agm, there is at least time for peace to break out. However, asked if he thought the agm would be a moment of real significance for the future of the club, McCoist admitted it was too early to tell.“I don’t know,” he said. “It would depend on how the agm would go.”